03 Jan 2014
Skype and Facebook Twitter accounts were hacked on Wednesday by the Syrian Electronic Army to avenge Microsoft’s alleged collaboration with government surveillance, according to FoxBusiness.
The SEA allegations come months after whistleblower Edwards Snowden’s leaks revealed how internet companies such as Google work with the National Security Agency’s surveillance efforts.
“Don’t use Microsoft emails (Hotmail, outlook), They are monitoring your accounts and selling the data to the governments. More details soon #SEA,” SEA wrote from Skype’s Twitter account.
“You may have noticed our social media properties were targeted today,” Skype tweeted later in response. “No user info was compromised. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”
The company reset its credentials immediately and confirmed the attack via a Skype spokesperson. Skype pointed to a recent Microsoft blog post and refused to comment on the SEA allegations.
The Syrian Electronic Army is known for hacking the NY Times, Huffington Post and other media publications.